By Emma2412 Latest Reply 2010-06-06 14:56:29 -0500
Started 2010-05-26 00:41:28 -0500

I just found this incredible list of recipes for us! I'm excited about it. Of course, it talks about exchanges and that's always been confusing to me. I think it means that as long as I choose from a certain "group" of foods that I can have anything within that "group" for the same amount of carbs? I'm going to have fun with all these great recipes from The Mayo Clinic's site. I bought some tonight. It's my favorite food! Enjoy!

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Sarri 2010-06-06 03:46:01 -0500 Report

I also received a booklet from my doctor about how you can eat this many carbs for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. But it didn't work for me, since not all carbs are equal. 30g carbs from pasta/bread, is way different from 30g carbs from sugar. The pasta/bread carbs take a lot longer to process, so they tend to leave your blood sugar higher after two hours, whereas 30g carbs of sugar is fine for my bs after 2 hours. It's all about the glycemic index. As for the recipes, they look great, I'm always excited to see new recipes since I tend to stick to the same foods since I know how I will react to them.

Emma2412 2010-06-06 14:56:29 -0500 Report

Hi, Sarri
You're right. I think all us who have had diabetes for awhile know that not everything works for everyone. But we all need to keep variety in our diets. At the same time, we need to keep our mind active when we are looking at new recipes; i.e., how is this new recipe going to effect our BS levels, and if we don't feel it's going to be good for us, are there substitutions of ingredients that can be made? Food is an experiment when you have diabetes.
The glycemic index is one of our most valuable weapons.

Emma2412 2010-05-26 00:42:21 -0500 Report

Sorry, folks. It must be too late for me. Of course, I was up most of last night and most of today working. And I really need some sleep. BUT, two things:
I forgot to attach the website address. Here it is.


Also, I meant to say, I bought some fish today. LOL It's a good thing I'm among friends!

GabbyPA 2010-05-26 10:08:16 -0500 Report

Great site and easy to use. I will tell you that when you choose menus from places like this, do it for a whole week. Set up your entree, side and salad for a week's worth of meals and then create a shopping list. This keeps you on track and you don't have to worry about what to make for dinner. I do this a lot and it makes my life much easier.

Emma2412 2010-05-26 10:11:36 -0500 Report

You're right, because there's nothing so frustrating than to have to run out for one or two things during the week in order to make some new recipe. I'm working on a new system for keeping my pantry supplied. I haven't figured it out, yet, but I think this list of recipes will help. Thanks, Gabby, for the tip.

GabbyPA 2010-05-26 10:18:58 -0500 Report

We have not done it for a while, but what I used to do was have a week menu on the fridge. We shared cooking then, now it is just back to me, but I still should do it. Anyway, what we did was choose the recipes we wanted and wrote them in the first box referencing the pages and books they came from. Then next to that we made a shopping list for that meal. So I would take a copy of it with me to the grocery store and that way I was sure to get what we needed. I would also mark items that might be tempting to snack on so that it was not gone before the day it was needed...man, I need to get back to doing that. Now see what we started. LOL!!

Emma2412 2010-05-27 21:37:32 -0500 Report

You've got me convinced about the shopping list next to the week's menu idea. It's a great idea plus it prevents one from forgetting an ingredient. How many times has that happened? Your idea about the snacking is so true. How many times has that happened? Thanks so much, Gabby.

GabbyPA 2010-05-28 21:15:31 -0500 Report

If you would like to see my menu layout I would be glad to send you a copy that you can use for an example. Let me know.

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